Have you avoided the dentist due to anxiety? If so, you are not alone. It’s a real thing, and we know it. Believe it or not, a lot of people that work in the dental field have dental anxiety. That’s one of the reasons some of us chose the dental field to help others feel more comfortable in the dental chair because we know our own struggles. Here at Dental Reflections Dublin, we do everything we can to make you feel comfortable during treatment of any sort.
One of the many things we really pride ourselves on is how communicative we are with our patients. We want them to know exactly what to expect and when to expect it. This means there are no surprises during treatment. After the tooth is numb, the patient should not feel any pain during a procedure. We really take the time to address any dental anxiety, concerns, or questions a patient may have.
Options for Sedation
We offer options for different levels of sedation. If you tell us upfront you are nervous about dental procedures, the first step we recommend is nitrous oxide. You may also have heard of this as laughing gas. It doesn’t really make you laugh, so don’t worry. It just makes you feel good and happy. You are still awake and aware of what is going on; you just care a whole lot less. Ultimately, it helps you to relax. You can drive yourself to and from your appointment since the nitrous oxide will be completely out of your system when you leave. If you feel like the nitrous won’t be enough, we can prescribe Valium in addition. This will require a driver. It is that extra step to really get you relaxed before you even sit in the dental chair. Trust us, we have heard it all. Even patients driving to the dentist but too scared to come in from the parking lot, so they change their minds and turn around. Valium is taken the night before and the morning of your appointment to really help you settle before you come in. Plus, you’ll have that extra support system of a driver to help you.
Whatever your needs are, we can help. We will find what works for you. We have held patients’ hands, wiped their tears, and been there for them through and through. We ultimately want you to get the dental care you need and deserve and are willing to go that extra mile to help you get there.
How to Manage Being Scared and Stressed at the Dentist
If you get anxious about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot. Some studies show nearly three-fourths of American adults experience anxiety or outright fear when they even think about visiting the dentist. About 1 in 10 Americans experience enough fear to classify it as a phobia. It’s okay. We know going to the dentist can seem scary!
But avoiding dental care as a result of dental anxiety can result in serious consequences for you and your teeth. Even if you’re nervous about going to the dentist, it’s extremely important to do what’s necessary to keep your mouth clean and healthy.
We want all of our patients to be as comfortable as possible when they visit our office, so we do everything we can to give our guests a comfortable, calming environment. But there are a few things you can do on your own to help make your visit a little easier.
1. Talk with your dentist
If you’re stressed about your upcoming visit to our office, one of the best things you can do is talk with us about it. Having a clear understanding of what your visit will be like – even visualizing what will occur during your appointment – can do wonders. It’s possible we can make special accommodations to make things more comfortable for you. You’re not the first person who’s been worried about a visit to your dentist’s office, and you won’t be the last! We’re here to help.
2. Plan your appointment well
Yes, life is stressful. But you don’t need the stress of life to cause extra anxiety during your dental appointment. If you’re already nervous about your visit, it won’t help to carry in the anxiety of a bad day at work. Schedule your appointment for a day when you don’t have anything big going on outside of our office. If you have a dental appointment scheduled, try to keep the rest of the day clear. That way, your mind can be rested and fresh for your procedure.
3. Bring a friend
Bringing someone you trust to our office with you is one of the best ways to reduce the stress of your dental appointment. Not only will your companion’s presence be comforting, but that person can help make sure everything is going well and get you home safely if you’re under the effects of anesthesia. Pleasant conversation can distract you from your nervousness and help pass the time more quickly.
4. Take deep breaths
We all know that deep, relaxing breaths can help reduce our stress, but sometimes we need a reminder. If you’re feeling anxiety about your visit as you drive to our office or you begin feeling fear as you sit in our waiting room, begin by taking a deep breath in, holding it for a second, and slowly letting it out. That’s the most basic start toward relaxation, and it works for almost any situation. Continue relaxing breaths throughout your appointment.
Whatever the cause of your anxiety over a visit to our office for your cleaning or other dental procedure, we can manage it together. We want all our patients to be as comfortable as possible, and we want you to look at your visit to the dentist as a good thing. If you have any questions about a dental procedure, or if there is something we can do to ease your worry, give us a call at 614-799-5576. We’ll work as a team to keep your next visit to the dentist stress-free!